Tuesday, May 20, 2014
I want her to be like Mukhriz, but she chose to be like Marina, Dyana’s mum tells Dr Mahathir - The Malaysian Insider
BY HASBULLAH AWANG CHIK
MAY 20, 2014
LATEST UPDATE: MAY 20, 2014 05:53 PM
The mother of Teluk Intan DAP candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud today responded to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who had suggested that she had not done enough to impress on her daughter of Umno's struggle for the country and the Malay race.
Umno member Yammy Samad said she had tried to raise Dyana like Dr Mahathir's son, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahatir but she ended up like the former prime minister's strong-willed daughter, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir.
"I tried to raise her like Mukhriz, but she ended up like Marina. I give all my children the freedom to chose what is right and wrong. Dyana is old enough to think about this," she told The Malaysian Insider today.
Commenting on Dyana's candidacy yesterday, Dr Mahathir had said Umno members should impress upon their children about the party's struggle.
"As parents, Umno members should tell their children about Umno, its history and what it has done (for country and people), otherwise when they grow up, they will do as they please," he was quoted as saying by Bernama.
Dyana's family members are staunch Umno supporters and Dr Mahathir said he was disappointed with her for contesting on a DAP ticket.
He said he would not have minded if she had come from a "pro-opposition family as from young, she would have been taught to hate Umno"
Dr Mahathir was previously reported as saying that he was disappointed with Dyana as her family members are staunch Umno supporters.
Yammy, however, said Dyana had a right to decide her own future, even if she chose to pick a husband who is not a Malay.
"I leave her to choose. She is free to choose her own husband, what more a political party.
"If she wants to get married, it's up to her. If she wants to get married to a Malay, Chinese or an Indian. If I force her, and if it ends up in failure, then what is the point?" she said.
She said there was nothing her daughter needed to be afraid of by joining the DAP as it was not a "Chinese-only" party.
Dyana, she added, was born a Muslim and will continue to uphold her religion till the end.
"Why would she go far away from Islam. My daughter was born a Muslim. She will be a Muslim forever. There is no reason why she would leave her faith. In DAP, not everyone is Chinese. All are from different religions," she said.
When asked if her daughter would be championing for the Malays through DAP, Yammy answered, "God willing".
Elaborating on the Malay support for Dyana, Yammy said the people in the area prefer to convey their support quietly through SMS or emails.
"They are quietly supporting through emails and by sending thousands of text messages. I am scared that my phone is going to explode," Yammy added. – May 20, 2014.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
ECGMA says: He who laughs last laughs best!
How Winning the Premier League Doesn't Guarantee the Most Money
By Sean Martin
May 15, 2014 18:09 GMT 3
Since the introduction of Sky Sports in 1991, football has increasingly become all about the money. Every passing year, Sky Sports usually battles with a passing competitor, such as Setanta Sports, or following its demise, ESPN, until that too perished, and ends up paying that little bit more to secure the rights to show the world's most watched league.
However, BT Sport has arrived and it looks like it means business. Its desire to show England's top league has pushed BskyB to the brink. In the end, a compromise was reached and they both got their fair share of games to televise.
No matter how much joy either broadcaster, or a plethora of channels around the world, got from securing the television rights, the real winners are neither the broadcasters nor the fans, but the football teams.
The broadcasting rights for this season and the next two were sold for slightly over £3bn (€3.6bn, $5bn) according to the BBC - almost double the previous television package, with the majority of that being pumped into the teams come the end of the term. The sharing formular determined by how many games are aired and the final standing of teams on the Premier League table.
Manchester United, who last year finished on top of the table, received £60.8m from broadcasting rights in the 2012/13 campaign. Thanks to the massive increase in television revenue, this season's bottom club Cardiff raked in £62.1m.
A lot has been said about the Red Devil's season and how dire it has been, but the board will be sleeping easy after the club revealed its third quarter results, which shows a massive jump in TV revenue. It rose by £28.4m despite finishing six places lower on the table.
Out of the teams to have competed in the past two Premier League seasons, Liverpool recorded the biggest increase as television rights generated £97.5m for the Merseyside club, £0.9m more than eventual league winners Manchester City.
Liverpool earned more than the blue club from Manchester by virtue of having more games televised as it won the affection of neutrals following its attacking style of play.
There is a lesson to be learnt for the teams. Play football that the viewers want to watch and the money will follow.
Stoke, typically branded boring to watch, finished closer to Liverpool on the table than did Cardiff, but because it only had seven games aired, it received only £13m more than the team from Wales.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Australia has been leading the hunt for the plane which was carrying 239 people when it disappeared on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
It is believed to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean but despite a massive air and sea search, including underwater using a US navy submersible, no sign of any wreckage has yet been found.
"The government will provide up to $89.9 million over two years from 2013-14 as part of Australia's commitment to the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370," the papers stated.
Some $27.9 million would be given to the defence department to pay for its activities up to June 30, 2014 in looking for the Boeing aircraft, while another Aus$2 million would be spent on the Joint Agency Coordination Centre established to liaise with key stakeholders.
"Further funding of up to $60 million over two years from 2013-14 will be provided to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau for Australia's contribution to the next phase of the search," the papers said.
Australia has been coordinating the search for the plane -- thought to have gone down in its search and rescue zone -- in consultation with China, from where two-thirds of the passengers came, and Malaysia.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has vowed Australia will do all it can to find the jet which mysteriously diverted from its course, saying he owed it to the families of those onboard to discover what happened.
While the aerial and sea surface searches have been scaled down, Australia is now working on the next phase which will involve using sophisticated equipment to scan the unmapped ocean bed some 4.5 kilometres (2.8 miles) below the surface.
Negotiations are underway to engage contractors to do this work which Abbott has previously said could cost Aus$60 million.
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Sepang, Hanipa Maidin, legal advisor for Save Sarawak Rivers, Abun Sui
Anyit, Director of the Islamic Rennaisance Front, Ahmad Farouk Musa, and
lawyer Syahredzan Johan discuss issues, challenges and rights
pertaining to the implementation of hudud in Malaysia.
looked at were the rights of PAS to implement hudud based on the mandate
given by the voters of Kelantan, hudud in the constitution and whether
it is allowed or not as well the interpretation and opinions of hudud by
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Updated: Friday May 2, 2014 MYT 8:59:10 AM
FAMOUS Petaling Street is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year.
Over the decades the street has transformed into a huge market selling many types of merchandise and is a food paradise.
However, it is increasingly apparent that Petaling Street seems to have lost its lustre as a top tourist draw.
It is not uncommon for diners to see rats scurrying past drains and alleys when tucking into the dishes the area is famous for.
The rodents are so "well fed" that some visitors have described them as bigger than a cat.
The drains are in a horrible state too, with grease and garbage trapped inside.
The problem is compounded by the wet market's overflowing garbage bins, which are placed right at its entrance.
"Petaling Street has lost its appeal," said Yong Boo Ying, in her 60s, who used to work in the area.
"I come here once in a while to attend activities organised by my clan association and visit some old friends, but frankly, it is a headache every time I am here.
"Apart from the horrendous traffic, this area is really filthy.
"Frankly, I do not have the appetite to eat here, although I must say the dishes prepared by the old-timers are still authentic.
"Who would want to eat next to rat-infested drains and rubbish circled by flies?" she asked.
Yong feels that the traders' couldn't-care-less attitude is to blame for the area's poor hygiene.
"On one hand we see some people trying to make Petaling Street a better place by restoring old shophouses and establishing businesses that enhance the area's character, but people here are not bothered about keeping their surroundings clean," she added.
A traveller from Singapore, Hor Voon Seng, 39, said the cleanliness of Petaling Street left a lot to be desired.
"While the area has its old-world charm and nice food, I just could not turn a blind eye to the dirty corners and back lanes.
"Something has to be done so that this place will not lose its appeal," he said.
A shop operator in Jalan Sultan, who wished to be known only as Chong, said it was difficult for tenants and residents to keep public areas such as back alleys and pedestrian walkways clean.
"We hope the authorities can play a more effective role especially in cleaning up the clogged drains that have caused a lot of hygiene problems in the area," he said.
"They are the main culprits as the legitimate traders always make it a point to clean up the mess they leave behind as they have attended cleanliness courses organised by our association and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) over the past few years.
"But it is a different story with the immigrants' market," he said.
According to him, the market that operates from 3am to 10am daily, only had about 40 stalls when it started three years ago.
Now, the market selling mostly used goods, has a whopping 300 stalls that attract hordes of shoppers.
He added the association had brought the matter up with DBKL on a few occasions but nothing seems to have been done.
An earlier report quoted a DBKL spokesman saying the unlicensed market was allowed to carry on as they had not received any complaints.
On the area's cleanliness, Ang said the association had attended three meetings with DBKL on the matter. Other agencies including Alam Flora, hotels, traders and establishments in the area have been roped in to tackle the problem.
He said a major gotong-royong would be held before the 100th anniversary celebration, with a grand banquet planned right in Petaling Street.
"Traders' awareness on cleanliness has improved over the past few years following efforts by the association and DBKL to educate them.
"We have been holding gotong-royong for the past 10 years, two to three times annually," Ang said, adding similar efforts were taking place in Bukit Bintang.